AUSTRALASIA (1884, Bulk Freighter)


Year of Build:
1884
Official Number:
106302
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
West Bay City, MI
Vessel Type:
Bulk Freighter
Hull Materials:
Wood
Number of Decks:
2
Builder Name:
James Davidson
Original Owner and Location:
James Davidson, Buffalo, NY
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Number of Masts:
3
Propulsion:
Screw
Engine Type:
For-and-Aft Compound
# Cylinders:
2
# Boilers:
2
Propulsion Notes:
30 + 50 x 45" engine from H.G. Trout Co of Buffalo; 2 - 8 1/2 x 17' firebox boilers.
Dimensions
Length:
282'
Beam:
39'
Depth:
21.2'
Tonnage (gross):
1829.32
Tonnage (net):
1539.20
Final Disposition
Final Location:
White Fish Bay, Milwaukee.
Lake Michigan.
Date:
18 Oct 1896
How:
Burned & sunk.
Notes:
Burned & sunk 3 miles E. of Cana Island; cargo & machinery salvaged; engine into tug SMITH & 1 boiler into steamer J.L. HURD.
History

1884, Sep 17 Enrolled Buffalo, NY.

1884, Oct 3 Arrived Milwaukee maiden trip with 3,150 tons of salt, largest cargo ever carried by Great Lakes vessel.

1885, Apr 8 Contracted with Northwestern Fuel Co. to carry 75,000 tons coal from Buffalo, Erie & Ashtabula-Lake Superior ports.

1886, Sep 30 Owned N.P. Huntington & J.C. Corrigan, Cleveland, OH.

1887, Apr Beached Machinaw, avoiding ice floe.

1888, Mar Received one No.117 William steam steerer at $1,600.

1889, Apr 26 Stranded Gull Rock, Michigan Island, Lake Superior; freed by tug RECORD, badly damaged.

1889, May 8 Towed by tug MOCKING BIRD to Cleveland, damages $11,000; back in business 3 weeks later.

1891, Mar 23 Replaced 3 spars Toledo, OH.

1892, Feb 18 Enrolled Cleveland, change residence of managing owner to Wickliffe, OH.

1892, Nov 15 Steering gear gave out near Duluth.

1893, Aug 1 Owned Corrigan Transit Co., Wickliffe, OH.

1896, Oct 17 Burned & sank Whitefish Point; with coal from Lake Erie-Milwaukee, WI; crews rescued.

Notes
From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Sources:
Board of Lake Underwriters Marine Directory
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
C. Patrick Labadie
H. G. Runge Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
F. C. St. Clair, Great Lakes Historical Society
Steamboat Era in the Muskokas by Richard Tatley
Lorne Joyce
Contact
Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
Email
WWW address
Agency street/mail address

211 N. First Ave.
Alpena, Michigan 49707
USA
(989)356-6188

AUSTRALASIA (1884, Bulk Freighter)
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AUSTRALASIA (1884, Bulk Freighter)